Gene and Lance have begun making V-bottoms

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by FirstPointEric, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. ekim

    ekim Active Member

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    There's a 9'2" on Board Source for a meer $1800.
     
  2. michael

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    any ride reports yet?
     
  3. cuda

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    I have an 8'2 and have had a few sessions on it I'll write up some thought when I get home - board porn for now
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  4. strez

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    Ride-able art!
     
  5. cuda

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    The amount of time and experimentation that Gene has put into the CCV boards is off the charts. My introduction to V bottom boards was via a 7' Cooperdesign V1 that I got from northbeachboy 10+ years ago and then a few years later i scored one of Gene's personal riders a 9'4" via Roach. Due to the length these were very different boards. The 9'4 liked good waves was very racey liked to sit in the pocket and was fun to swivel around banking and redirecting. I liked it best in punchy conditions. The 7' was a full on freak of a board. I 1st got it when I was tripping on the hulls as an alternate and something to fart around with on average days. I surfed this board as much a anything I've owned in a lot of different conditions. It basically surfed like a mini log ( ala Cooperfish pinched rails) really wide and cruisey but with a hair trigger off the tail. it made point surf and junky conditons fun.
    Fast forward to the present. Shadydave tipped me off to Genes project with Lance and I dm'd Gene asking to get added to the list. I thought I wanted a 8'10 so he put me down for that and I kind of forgot about it. then last fall Gene reached out and said I was on deck for the next board. We discussed length and some other fresh ideas he was working on involving rocker (lessening). I asked what he suggested going shorter he liked mid 8 and had just made an 8'5" he was fired up about. I said sure and I'll go with whatever you feel is the state of your current thinking of the design. He said go 8'6. A few weeks pass and I get a ping from Gene that my board was now an 8'2" . It was an oversight but coincidentally i had been thinking going shorter than the 8'6 anyway and when he told me it was really foiled out I was all the more psyched. It was also really weirdly cool that the length fell dead center between my 2 previous V's.

    When I 1st unpacked this board I was blown away. I've owned my share of Genes boards over the years and this did not disappoint. The craftsmanship goes way way beyond anything you think you are noticing on his I.G. feed. Full respect and gratitude to Lance, Gene, Adam and Brad. This board is extraordinarily complex and refined. the attention to detail and how the shape comes together from nose to tail is mind blowing. You just cant tell what is really going on with these until you handle one.
    My first session on it was a cold sunny day at an A-frame peak, stomach to headish high clean conditions light offshore. The board is pretty dished out sits low in the water not a lot of nose rocker paddles about what you'd expect for an 8' board. My first wave I came to the bottom of and leaned into the face and was quickly reminded that I was on a V. The board came around immediately and put me up in the lip for a quick off the top.
    Like a crack upside the head i was reminded that surfing a V is study in subtlety. Foot placement is critical. You get a lot of response out of little input(s) and when you want/need it you can punch it. This was a really sweet 1st session.
    Next session was a lined up smallish waist high point wave. The previous waves had refreshed my memory of how to surf this V's. Now at a point wave I wanted see how the board worked driving through turns. Not a lot of face to deal with so lots of quick adjustments and mini carves. The CCV feels way more refined than the other V1's both in terms of responsiveness and in particular the narrower nose. I feel that pulling it in really adds to the flow, in a way its unnoticeable, in a good good way. Coupled with the flatter nose rocker gives the board a less loggy feel than previous iterations. This version is what Gene has referred to as version 3. The flatter rocker gives it nice glide in trim. It's not a board that I would call flat out fast it matches the speed of the wave really well and prefers to be surfed close to the pocket. The fact that it's very (i mean VERY) responsive off the tail gives it a quick, whippy feel when redirecting and setting a line. So imo all the design element add up to a board that has a moderately steep learning curve but also has levels. I feel like i could only surf this board for a year and I'd still unpacking new stuff. When I spoke with Gene prior to getting this He said he can only surf his current V. In a precursory way I thought I got what he was saying ( we are both about the same age and switching between boards can be a mind-farq) but now that I've surfed this board a handful of time what he said makes even more sense. CCV changes the way you surf pretty dramatically, they surfy funky and take different lines. Not for everyone maybe but, I'm stoked!
     
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  6. shadydave

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    Epic write up right there!!
     
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  8. DanSan

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  9. shadydave

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    FEB49BEC-4279-48B7-824B-4A47D06B57BC.jpeg This one is glassed in.
     
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